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A Message from Mayor Stimpson - October 12

Oct 12th, 2020

Posted in: MayorCOVID-19

Good evening,  


It is 9:15 p.m. on Monday, October 12, and I am writing to give you an update from the City of Mobile.   


Today, the Mobile County Health Department reports 14,020 COVID-19 cases, an increase of 29 cases. To review the detailed report, click here.    


As of this evening, our teams on the ground have collected 66 percent of the estimated 381,360 cubic yards of trash and debris left by Hurricane Sally. For perspective, these crews have moved roughly 4,986 truckloads of vegetation debris and cut down nearly 13,000 hanging limbs throughout the city limits.  


Speaking of Sally, over the last week or so I've been in conversation with arborists, scientists, city planners and stakeholders from various community groups about the future of Bienville Square as we have surveyed damage caused by the hurricane and made plans to recover from it. The damage in the park was significant, but our City has a unique opportunity to strategically move forward while making sure Bienville Square remains the beautiful and iconic space it has been for more than two centuries.  


This Wednesday, Oct. 14, the City's Traffic Engineering Department will be starting a construction project to eliminate the cut-off road between Airport Boulevard and East I-65 Service Road that is expected to last six weeks. Our ultimate goal is to make things safer for motorists near The Shoppes at Bel Air.  


The construction will impact some entrances to the mall, but at least one entrance to each business in the area will be maintained at all times during each of the project's four phases. A detour around the site will run from Airport Boulevard to Bel Air Boulevard and International Drive to I-65 Service Road South.  


COVID-19 will no doubt impact the plans for many trick-r-treaters this year. plans this year, but our Parks and Recreation Department has come up with a fun event to help children and families celebrate the occasion safely. 
From 10 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, Oct. 31, the City of Mobile will be hosting a "Reverse Trunk or Treat" in Langan Municipal Park at 4901 Zeigler Blvd. If your family wants to participate, simply show up with your children, drive slowly through the park, and members of our team will be there to bring the treats right to your car! You're welcome to come in costume or even decorate your vehicle if you'd like.  


Thanks to collaboration between our Parks and Recreation Department, Mobile Police Department, Mobile Fire Rescue Department, and others, we have created a way to ensure the city that was "born to celebrate" doesn't miss out on trick-or-treating this year. I hope you and your family will join us for a fun and safe event.  


Sleep tight.